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Old September 18 2013, 02:37 AM   #1
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"Wolf in the Fold": Y u no Vulcan mind meld?

In the episode "Wolf in the Fold," Scotty is accused of three murders but claims to not remember a single thing. It seems the most [Spock]logical[/Spock] response would have been for Spock to perform a Vulcan mind meld. However, this did not happen.

The writers probably did this to prevent the story from ending in five minutes, but is there any canonical explanation as to why Spock did not do a Vulcan mind meld?
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Old September 18 2013, 02:46 AM   #2
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I think that the meld was something Spock preferred not to use unless there was no other choice, because it's very private and intense and all that. Here, they had the psychotricorder and the magic lie-detecting chair to attempt first, so maybe the situation never got to the point where mind-melding was necessary.

Also, Scotty was recovering from a head injury, so maybe the meld would've been too stressful on his healing brain or something.

Me, I'm more inclined to wonder why we never saw psychotricorders again, and why lie-detecting chair technology disappeared after TOS.
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Old September 18 2013, 02:51 AM   #3
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Re: "Wolf in the Fold": Y u no Vulcan mind meld?

IIRC, they were trying to use methods that were admissible under the local laws. The VMM might not have qualified.
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Old September 18 2013, 03:05 AM   #4
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Yes, I'm inclined to agree with The Old Mixer. Why would the local authorities give any credence to any claims by Scotty's colleagues that he didn't do it?
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Old September 18 2013, 03:35 AM   #5
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Yes, I'm inclined to agree with The Old Mixer. Why would the local authorities give any credence to any claims by Scotty's colleagues that he didn't do it?
Yeah, that makes sense - just like how people generally won't trust police when they investigate themselves.
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Old September 18 2013, 03:40 AM   #6
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Re: "Wolf in the Fold": Y u no Vulcan mind meld?

That's a much better explanation than mine. Wow, this isn't my day.
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Old September 18 2013, 02:03 PM   #7
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Re: "Wolf in the Fold": Y u no Vulcan mind meld?

The lie detector chair would have been very useful in Court Martial and Turnabout Intruder, eh?
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Old September 18 2013, 03:07 PM   #8
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^And TNG's "A Matter of Perspective." And probably a bunch of others.

But then, a lot of 23rd-century technology seems to have been lost by the 24th, such as seat restraints, security armor, self-heating uniforms ("Spock's Brain"), cures for insanity ("Whom Gods Destroy"), etc.
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Old September 18 2013, 04:33 PM   #9
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Re: "Wolf in the Fold": Y u no Vulcan mind meld?

The Vulcan mind meld started out as a "terrible lowering of personal barriers" and gradually got cheapened, for lack of a better word, as Spock became desensitized.

The same thing can happen with swearing obscenely, being naked in public, you name it: under the right circumstances, people can be re-conditioned and desensitized into doing almost anything as if it were normal behavior.

Regarding Turnabout Intruder and Whom Gods Destroy, those "spot the real captain" situations are frustrating because Spock could end it very easily. He could simply say: "The captain and I had a working breakfast on Tuesday morning. What did you have to eat, and what did Mr. Scott want to talk about?"
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Old September 18 2013, 05:30 PM   #10
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Re: "Wolf in the Fold": Y u no Vulcan mind meld?

Even Spock accepting the defense for the "Cochrane Deceleration" was ridiculous because while it may be a "classic battle maneuver," there was no guarantee Kirk used it. And, IIRC, going by the position of the guy who attacked Spock, it was Kirk who missed the question. Which may have simply been a director error, if I'm not misremembering. Either way, this situation was too easy to resolve realistically.
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Old September 19 2013, 01:42 PM   #11
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Re: "Wolf in the Fold": Y u no Vulcan mind meld?

The Old Mixer wrote: View Post
IIRC, they were trying to use methods that were admissible under the local laws. The VMM might not have qualified.
It wasn't even given credence by Scotty in Turnabout Intruder.
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Old September 19 2013, 06:41 PM   #12
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The Vulcan mind meld started out as a "terrible lowering of personal barriers" and gradually got cheapened, for lack of a better word, as Spock became desensitized.
They also couldn't settle on a name for it until pretty late in the game. It was "an ancient Vulcan technique," "the Vulcan technique of the joining of two minds," "the Vulcan mind probe," "the Vulcan mind fusion," "the mind touch," "the Mind Meld," which was finally coined in Specter of the Gun, and then "Telepathic communication with the mind of Captain James T. Kirk." I mean, jeez, I guess they used "meld" after the series because it was alliterative and sounded good.
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Old September 19 2013, 09:14 PM   #13
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IIRC, they were trying to use methods that were admissible under the local laws. The VMM might not have qualified.
It wasn't even given credence by Scotty in Turnabout Intruder.
And in The Search for Spock, Admiral Morrow is pretty dismissive of what he terms "Vulcan mysticism."

Depending on your POV view, it's like a psychic testifying in court.

Except, of course, that in Star Trek psychics actually exist!
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Old September 19 2013, 09:31 PM   #14
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But then, a lot of 23rd-century technology seems to have been lost by the 24th, such as seat restraints, security armor, self-heating uniforms ("Spock's Brain"), cures for insanity ("Whom Gods Destroy"), etc.
There is precedent for that though. For example in the twentieth century one could fly across the Atlantic at supersonic speeds onboard Concorde, now we have to settle for the slow route. And I believe America once had the ability to put men into space...
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Old September 19 2013, 09:46 PM   #15
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^Yeah, but seatbelts?
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